JAKARTA, THENUSANTARAPOST.COM- Jakarta will host the Urban 20 (U20) Mayors Summit 2022 which will be attended by world city leaders to discuss solutions to challenges and efforts to restore cities post-pandemic.
The Governor of DKI Jakarta Province, Anies Baswedan, said that the U20 Mayors Summit is a place for best practice for cities in the world to exchange ideas and experiences.
Jakarta itself, will bring the experience of managing a sustainable city. During the pandemic, lessons emerged that urban resilience and public health must be the backbone of moving forward. On the other hand, the pandemic also presents an opportunity to redefine the city.
“Just like a pandemic, at this time we have to live side by side with an environment that is constantly changing due to climate change. Mitigation and adaptation actions must continue to be intensified in order to achieve the decarbonization that we all aspire to. Jakarta will bring experience in integrating public transportation which has an impact on reducing congestion and reducing carbon emissions,” he said in the U20 Talk: Urban Issues at the G20 Presidency with a number of national figures, on Wednesday (16/2).
Anies stated that Jakarta is committed to pushing the transition towards net zero emission by strengthening the public transportation system as the backbone of the movement of the citizens of Jakarta. Through the JakLingko transportation integration system and the revitalization of sidewalk widening, the use of electric buses and the provision of bicycle lanes, it is hoped that it will increase the interest of residents to switch from private vehicles and participate in realizing a low-emission city.
In addition, various accelerations occurred during the pandemic, one of which was increasing digitization. During a pandemic, the leap in the use of technology is felt. Restrictions on social interaction also require residents to work from home.
“For this reason, it is necessary to reorganize the concept of housing in urban areas, which used to be just a residential house, now it is a work house, including the zone around the dwelling. All new flats in Jakarta have now been conceptualized as work houses and residences,” he said.
He added that Jakarta also provides easy access to information about the city based on applications, through the Jakarta Kini (JAKI) application and the provision of free internet networks for lower-middle community groups through JakWIFI to support socio-economic activities during the pandemic.
Thus, there is continuity between technology that drives productivity, cities that facilitate best talent, and urban planning that prioritizes inclusiveness, namely providing space for all.
“In the future, we need to jointly redesign the city with a sustainable development approach to create a city that is more livable for its citizens. Therefore, let’s take advantage of the momentum of the U20 Mayors Summit and the G20 Indonesia Presidency to discuss together looking for alternative solutions to the challenges and dilemmas faced by the city. So, the impact will be felt by the public in real terms,” he concluded